Despite this, capoeira dancers were punished for practicing, but the art form lived on anyway.
Rhythms toquescontrolled by a typical instrument called berimbaudiffer from very slow to very fast, depending on the style of the roda. With the growing cities that were forming during the late 17th and early 18th centuries, larger populations resulted in larger communities of slaves in smaller areas.
I used to see boys break dancing their breaks at school, in the streets and on the street corners, mainly during the summer. In Mestre Bimba's Capoeira Regional, batizado was the first time a new student would play capoeira following the sound of the berimbau.
This apparent change in the meaning and purpose of Capeoira has led to conflicts between traditionalists, who view capoeira as their heritage descended from the maroons, a weapon to be used against the injustice and repression; and reformers, who wish to see Capoeira develop as an international sport.
The Globalization of it in the 21st century, caused additional forms to break off as a sport, or performance. For example, for Angolan slaves, capoeira was a dance of seduction used for pretenders of young women.
To avoid having problems with the law, capoeiristas would present themselves in the capoeira community only by their nicknames.